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Dwight R. Tousignaut, Head of ASHP's Drug Information Activities, Retires

Dwight R. Tousignaut, Pharm.D., vice president of the Publications and Drug Information Systems Office at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), will retire effective January 1, 2001.  In his more than thirty years with ASHP, Tousignaut was responsible for the expansion of the Society's core strength in drug information, including pioneering the automation of several of the organization's print publications.

Tousignaut joined ASHP in 1966 as director of ASHP's Professional Practice Division and editor of International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA). During his tenure, he oversaw the growth of the Society's drug information resources to include both print and electronic editions of respected publications such as AHFS-Drug Information, the Handbook on Injectable Drugs, and IPA. Tousignaut also helped increase the exposure of ASHP's databases by forging partnerships with distributors such as Silver Platter, DIALOG, and First DataBank.

"Dwight has been essential to our efforts to provide pharmacists and other health professionals with the comprehensive, unbiased drug information they need to make sound drug therapy decisions," said Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., ASHP's executive vice president and chief executive officer. "The accessibility of this critical information through new technologies will be his legacy to ASHP, our members, and their patients. We wish him well as he pursues a new phase in life."

Tousignaut has participated in numerous information workshops and case presentations and regularly attends national and international meetings acting as spokesperson for the Society's databases and drug information resources.  He is active in the Pharmacy Information section of the Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP), is a past president of the Drug Information Association, and has been recognized in Who's Who and American Men of Science.

Carol Wolfe, who joined ASHP in June as vice-president designate, will assume responsibility for ASHP's publication and drug information activities.  Before joining ASHP, Wolfe worked for 14 years with W.B. Saunders Company, a premiere health care publishing company.

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines.  Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective.  The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.